The permanent art collection of the Iowa City Public Library contains over 40 pieces of original art work, in a wide range of media, displayed throughout the building. Many of these works were given to the Library by community groups, local artists, and Library patrons. A few pieces were originally acquired as part of the Library's Art Purchase Prize competition. Several pieces were either commissioned by The Library Board or created to commemorate the grand re-opening of the Library in June 2004. A large number of the artists represented are Iowans who have lived and worked in the Iowa City area and have received significant recognition for their work.
A printable Guide to the Iowa City Public Library Permanent Art Collection is also available.